2015 Western & Southern Open Betting Breakdown

ws open logoThe 2015 Western & Southern Open officially kicked off earlier today in Cincinnati but there is still plenty of time to get your bets in on all the big names in tennis. Between the men’s and women’s singles and doubles, there is definitely no lack in options between now and the final day of the event on 23 August.

If you don’t follow tennis closely, it’s easy to miss the W&S Open. A lack of serious media coverage belies the fact that it is one of the most prestigious competitions outside the Grand Slams. It has a long history dating back to 1899 and is now played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio just outside of Cincinnati. It is an outdoor, hardcourt tournament and is rated as one of the elite Masters 1000 events in the ATP and one of the Premier 5 events in the WTA.

Top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic begin the tournament with first-round byes and are both early favourites to win the whole thing. Serena Williams shows no indication of slowing down and should take this one if she plays as well as she has of late. Djokovic faces stiff competition from the likes of Rafael Nadal, 6-time W&S champion Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams has a clear path to victory if she stays strong and none of the other women come out with any big surprises. This is her tournament to win and the odds reflect that. She’s paying slightly better than even while second-favourite Maria Sharapova is listed at 7/1. Going down from there, the odds only get longer for every other competitor.

I’m liking the odds on Serena at 5/4 at BetVictor. She’s the dominant woman by a long shot and has a great chance to take the whole thing. Rarely is it a good idea to bet on the favourite in any outright “win it all” tournament event, but the odds on Serena aren’t bad at all. Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep are also attractive at 7/1 and 8/1.

Things aren’t quite as clear-cut on the men’s side with strong competition all around. Novak Djokovic is this year’s favourite but he will have to get past three former W&S champions even though he has yet to see his first title in Cincinnati. As the favourite, Novak Djokovic has odds of 11/10 with Andy Murray coming in behind him at 9/2 and Roger Federer at 11/2.

Going in Djokovic’s favour are 2015 wins over every serious contender. He blew past Nadal in the French Open, defeated Roger Federer at Wimbledon and has wins over Stan Warinka, Tomas Derdych, Andy Murray and John Isner.

Current Betting Odds and Comparison

If you live outside the United States and would like to bet online, take a look at the following chart. Here I compare the outright betting odds at major tennis bookmakers. Each of these is a reputable place to bet online and both have perfect reputations for fast payouts.

Men’s Odds to Win it All:

PlayerOdds at BetVictor
Novak Djokovic11/10
Andy Murray9/2
Roger Federer11/2
Kei Nikishori9/1
Rafael Nadal16/1
Stan Wawrinka14/1
Tomas Berdych28/1
Milos Raonic35/1
Marin Cilic33/1
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga66/1
Grigor Dimitrov66/1
Richard Gasquet80/1
John Isner66/1
Gael Monfils66/1
Nick Kyrgios125/1
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Women’s Odds to Win it All:

PlayerOdds at BetVictor
Serena Williams5/4
Victoria Azarenka10/1
Maria Sharapova7/1
Simona Halep8/1
Petra Kvitova20/1
Garbine Muguruza25/1
Caroline Wozniacki40/1
Madison Keys50/1
Agnieszka Radwanksa40/1
Belinda Bencic33/1
Lucie Safarova33/1
Angelique Kerber25/1
Ana Ivanovic50/1
Timea Bacsinszky50/1
Sloane Stephens40/1
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